Coach trip to Chatsworth
Thursday 11th of May 2017
Leave Glebe Road 8.45am
Own sandwich lunch recommended
Bearing in mind that Chatsworth is relatively near, it is surprising that in the nearly 20 years of the Trust we haven’t yet been. Having recently revisited the gardens at Chatsworth, I realised how much there is to see and was particularly in awe of the technology for the fountain and cascade. This made me aware of the fact that we had never had a lecture or visit based on this technology, hence the Spring Lecture by Dr Marilyn Palmer and our visit to Chatsworth.
The 105 acre garden at Chatsworth was created during three great eras in garden design. The 17th century 200 metre Cascade, Willow Tree Fountain and the Canal survive from the 1st Duke’s formal garden. ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped the garden and park in the 1760s and in the early 19th century the 6th Duke’s gardener, Sir Joseph Paxton, built rockeries and designed a series of glasshouses. Paxton also created the Emperor Fountain, one of the tallest gravity fed fountains in the world. Since then the garden has continued to develop. Later additions include the Rose, Cottage and Kitchen gardens, Serpentine Hedge, Maze and contemporary sculpture.
Part of ‘Capability’ Brown’s remodelling of the landscape involved knocking down all the houses in the village of Edensor, visible from the mansion. Eighty years later the 6th Duke decided to tear down the rest of the village and have Paxton rebuild the village. Each house in Edensor is architecturally different, as it's said the Duke was unable to decide which design he preferred.
In the 1860s the Duke called in Sir George Gilbert Scott to rebuild St Peter’s church. In the churchyard are the graves of Paxton and members of the Cavendish family, including Kathleen, Marchioness of Hartington, and sister of John F Kennedy.
I would have liked to drive through the idyllic village of Edensor, on the way to Chatsworth, but it is impossible to take a coach through there and no parking. There will, however, be time to walk to the village after the garden tour, if you choose too.
Other options for the afternoon are for you to further explore the gardens, go into the house (extra cost £4.00) or to go on a Tractor Trailer ride to see more of the landscape, including the lake above the Cascade. (45 mins at 2.00pm). This ride is limited to 25 people and costs an extra £4.00.
House and Tractor Trailer ride must be booked in advance, see booking form.
08.45am Leave Glebe Road
10:30am Arrival with tea, coffee & biscuits in a private room in the Stables
11:30am Garden intro tour (1.5 hours)
1:00pm Free time until departure at 5.15pm.
Cost: Friends £35.00 Guests £37.00
Includes entrance to gardens at Chatsworth, coffee and tour but not entrance to house (£4) or Tractor Trailer ride (£4)
Please return the booking form by Friday 28th April 2017
For more information and to reserve your place phone Elizabeth on 0116 2705711
Coach will leave Glebe Road, Oadby (Botanic Gardens Entrance) promptly at 8.45am.
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